NEW ANALYSIS: SENATOR BURR MISSED NEARLY 70 PERCENT OF SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARINGS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, October 17, 2016

CONTACT: Matt Kravitz

NEW ANALYSIS: SENATOR BURR MISSED NEARLY 70 PERCENT OF SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARINGS

Senator Burr absent from 58 of 84 public hearings held over the course of his two years on committee that oversees the U.S. Military and Department of Defense

Senator found time to take nearly 30 special interest-funded trips around the country & world but couldn’t make it to nearly 70 percent of hearings for committee overseeing U.S. Military

 

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Democratic Party today released a new analysis that finds Senator Richard Burr missed nearly 70 percent of the hearings held by the Senate Armed Services Committee, which oversees the U.S. Military, Department of Defense and nuclear energy as it relates to weapons of war.

A review of publicly available transcripts of the 84 Committee hearings held when Senator Burr served as a member show that he was absent from as many as 58. Senator Burr only appears in transcripts for 26 of the hearings held over the two-year period of 2009-2010. The review excluded closed committee hearings since their content is not publicly available.

Senate Armed Services Committee Attendance

YEAR

TOTAL HEARINGS

TOTAL ABSENT

% ABSENT

2009

41

29

70.73%

2010

43

29

67.44%

TOTAL: 2009 – 10

84

58

69.05%

“Senator Burr is asking North Carolinians to reelect him to a job he barely showed up for,” said Matt Kravitz, press secretary for the North Carolina Democratic Party. “Over the course of his 20-plus years in Washington, Senator Burr found the time to vote against a ban on insider trading by Members of Congress and to take nearly 30 special interest-funded trips around the country and world – but couldn’t make it to 70 percent of the hearings for the committee that oversees our military? It’s just another example of how Senator Burr has put himself ahead of the people of our state.”

The new analysis follows a series of reports into how Senator Burr has spent his more than 20 years in Washington, including how his personal wealth increased by more than 500 percent while he voted against a ban on insider trading by Members of Congress and pushed legislation that would benefit the energy, insurance, and for-profit college industries that have donated millions of dollars to his campaigns.

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